There are more than 200 social media networking sites in the world, according to howmanyarethere.net. From the horse’s mouth to the Facebook or Twitter page, at times there seems to be an unnecessary-information overload. Censoring the ignorant and annoying is impossible, but there is the option of cutting down on the social networking drama by consolidating all that needless rambling.
With 65% of American adults using social networking sites, according to a 2011 survey by Pew Internet, it has become easier to find almost anyone. But not everyone needs to connect to your Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, Google+, flickr, and Blogger pages. If everyone does want to, then About.me, which was acquired by AOL in 2010 and now has approximately two million users, has allowed you to do just that.
Now potential “friends” and “followers” can go to one spot and find you – all of you. It simplifies everything for your friends, while making things less stressful for stalkers.
With 721 million users on Facebook and 69 billion friendships amongst them all, according to Facebook data, it may be just as easy to tell someone to find you on the site. But what if there’s the off-chance they’re not on Facebook, or you aren’t ready to make that “friend” commitment? Then here’s your chance for options.
My About.me Experience
I recently signed up for my About.me account and added it to my Gmail email signature. I’ve also added my Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Linkedin, and Google+ links to the page – with possibly more on the way. Nothing much has happened. I suppose it is too soon to notice the impact.
If nothing happens then I suppose it will fall in line with most of the other social networking sites I have joined. If anything, at least it will make it easier for people to find me in other parts of my social media world and that’s gotta count for something.
-Dustin Bass, @dbass_cmn